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Why can't I find, via a search, some files in Windows 8? I've checked and unchecked all the usual boxes like shown below.

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but it still wont find it. I'm looking for the file "idapi32.cfg" in c:\program files(x86)\borland\common files\BDE. I can browse to it and see that its there. Why can't Windows 8 see it?


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It is probably not an indexed location. You can change the Windows 8 Indexing options to include C:\Program Files(x86)\ or any other file location under the Windows Indexing settings.

You can do this by pressing Ctrl+R for Run and then insert control /name Microsoft.IndexingOptions.

You can also get to this menu from Control Panel -> Indexing Options

From there Select Modify and add the desired path

Detailed instructions can be found here

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Thanks. That was it! – JimDel Jul 11 '12 at 18:16
@Brandonkreisel Can you please explain why indexing is sometimes important to find files? I was just able to search for files that were in locations that were not indexed. – cokedude Jan 13 at 9:05

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